Wed, Oct 11 • 7:00PM
The Music Room
FOLK FAMILY REVIVAL / WATCHING FOR FOXES / TAYLOR CHAFFIN
$7 IN ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF / $50 VIP TABLES
FOLK FAMILY REVIVAL
Armed with a sound that mixes the rootsy stomp of the Southern states with the trippy swoon of the West Coast, Folk Family Revival make music for rock clubs and rodeos, dive bars and honky-tonks, or campfires and cantinas. A throwback to a time when Southern rock and psychedelic music dominated the airwaves, they may be best described as a psychedelic folk-
country rock and roll band, but they’re not wild about labeling their sound. They’d rather let the music do the talking.
Water Walker, the band’s newest release (due out on Rock Ridge Music on April 7, 2015), includes 12 songs that were weaned and whittled on the road, where the Texas-based band of brothers — featuring Mason, Barrett and Lincoln Lankford, along with family friend Caleb Pace — built up their audience one gig at a time.
After releasing their debut album in 2011, the guys hit the Texas circuit hard, opening shows for legends like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Wanda Jackson. At times called a country band, the young group used the label as motivation to push their boundaries and develop a diverse yet distinctive set. Soon their sound was reflective of a variety of genres. Some nights they’d have a blues rock feel and others an Americana or folk vibe. This wide-ranging experimentation and push to progress helped fuel Water Walker.
“I’m a huge Dylan fan,” says Mason Lankford, “and I’ve noticed from his live recordings that a song never sounds the same way twice. We’ve always been really into that idea, even as we’ve grown. We want the song to sound different than it did last week. We’ve been changing our songs every day for the last five years, and once we get into the studio, we’ll think about which version worked best and we’ll record it that way.”
When it came time to record Water Walker, Folk Family Revival decided to team up again with Jeffrey Armstreet, the same producer who helped them kick off their career with 2011’s Unfolding. The pace inside the studio was mostly laid-back. Whenever the guys were in Magnolia — the band’s Texas hometown — they were usually working with Armstreet, slowly piecing together a collection of poetic songs ranging in topics from politics, faith, power, love, and the modern world. They’d start by tracking the songs live, capturing the groove and spontaneity of their live shows. Sure, it was work... but it was also a good hang.
If there’s anyone who knows the value of a good hang, it’s the guys in Folk Family Revival. Over the years, a community of musicians who’ve passed through the Magnolia area and spent time at the band’s house have come to be known as “The Family.” Also the case with new friends or fans, the ever expanding “Family” can be explained by the camaraderie that occurs when folks relate to the charitable spirit of the band or their infectious sound. You get the sense that these guys just enjoy good company and good tunes... and they seem to be a magnet for both.
“We can all do more if there’s more people working together,” says Mason. “We’ve met a lot of people since we released Unfolding, and that’s one of the reasons Water Walker sounds so different. We’re better players, better communicators, better friends. We’ve also learned to relax. When we did Unfolding, our producer and friends used to say we were kids who sounded like old souls. Always wanting to try new things and be willing to change, we started getting in touch with our youthful side. We’re still serious and obviously a little more mature... but there’s
a looseness to the new record that wasn't there before.”
WATCHING FOR FOXES
Watching for Foxes is an apparition, an ode to tales of yore coming to vibrant yet elusive life here and now. Bending biography by infusing existential banter and folk motifs, the band is constantly pushing boundaries both sonically and lyrically in the pursuit of the portrayal of true feeling. Like a stack of old letters hiding deep in a drawer, tattered and rumpled from frantic use, the stories Watching for Foxes tells are equal parts cosmic myth and divine truth; memories you only unearth when you need to laugh, or cry, or on a rainy day lit up by a candle flame’s pyre, or on the day that your home is bleeding and on fire.
With the release of the band’s debut full length album, Undone Bird, Watching for Foxes brings new and exciting elements to their sound, one that is incapable of genre confinement. Lush with beautiful progressions, a dynamic roots rock feel, and resounding choruses, the album boasts the aesthetic of indie folk anthems coupled with the ethereal angst of modern rock. Drawing heavily from an intoxicating mix of poetry, personal experience and Beat literature, the songs of Undone Bird are diverse and distinguishable. At it's core stands a concept album delving into love and loss, transition and transcendence. Most importantly, the band never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
“Undone Bird is really the rehashing of a tough stretch of time in my life, a time where I discovered a lot about myself and the people around me” said front man Joey Frendo. “Ultimately, the album is about the unity of our flawed human design, and about this continuous life cycle of death, transition and rebirth. Through all of this, though, even if we are all imperfect, we all have people who love us and care about us and we are able to keep living and doing what we love. Everyone has a place to call their own, to call home.”
Starting as a three-piece band in early 2014, Watching for Foxes consisted of friends that grew up together in Fremont, MI rehearsing in their vacant high school, in their old math classroom. With a move to Grand Rapids and the slow additional of extra guitars, strings, and keys, a cacophony of sound exploded, creating a unique and powerful sonic landscape in which their songs about heartbreak, rebellion, and discovery can thrive. Drawing from artists who seamlessly blend the genres like folk and alternative country with a hard-edged rock sensibility, including Band of Horses, Father John Misty, Noah Gundersen, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes, Ben Howard, and Manchester Orchestra, Watching for Foxes hopes their evolution and ambition, coupled with the incessant gigging that has allowed them to support throughout the Midwest the likes of Langhorne Slim, Larry and His Flask, Joseph, Saintseneca, and Roadkill Ghost Choir, will vault the band to new heights.
"We love playing music together,” said Frendo, “and we want this to be our entrance into doing music for a living; we work really hard at what we do. Our songs yearn to be heard, to tell our stories, and inspire others to do the same."
TAYLOR CHAFFIN & THE 505
Taylor Chaffin brings his soulful blues rock to Atlanta from the small Florida town of Perry, the center of Taylor County coincidentally. After moving to Atlanta, GA, Taylor has already played venues like Eddie's Attic, Red Clay Theatre, and Smith's Olde Bar. With two albums under his belt as a solo singer/songwriter, Taylor is now recording and performing with a full band.